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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (January 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486436659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486436654
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most perfect of all the Dickens novels."
--Virginia Woolf


From the Trade Paperback edition. --Virginia Woolf --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Based on the author’s own tumultuous journey from boy to man, this epic traces young David’s progress from his mother’s sheltering arms to the miseries of boarding-school and sweatshop and the rewards of friendship, romance, and self-discovery in his vocation as a writer. A cherished favorite with generations of readers (starting with Dickens himself), this novel combines a compelling narrative with a memorable cast, from the brutal Mr. Murdstone to the exuberantly optimistic Mr. Micawber. Unabridged republication of the classic 1850 edition.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
Format: Library Binding
Oh, I loved it! I finished David Copperfield, finally, of but an hour ago. Oh, that is such a wonderful book! I hold Charles Dickens in a sort of reverence. He has the fascinating ability to spin a web of the most spendidly horrible (here, I refer to, the remarkably AWFUL Uriah HEEP) and the most splendidly excellent (here, I refer to, the exquisite and good-natured Agnes) characters, and then he completes his tale by adding the most unforgettable of ALL people, a main hero, such as David Copperfield. Never have I been so attached to a work of fiction, and I have read a lot. Oh, the things David so heroicly endured, turning him into a most superior man! I love the story! It's most powerful. It moved me to tears and sent me into fits of laughter so many times I can't count them on my hands. And I felt such rapturous joy when Agnes and David professed their love for each other that I could hardly contain myself, and here started to laugh and cry at the same time; and I felt such overwhelming sorrow over the death of Steerforth, for I rather liked the man, even thought he took Emily away; and I love Peggotty's character to death! She was such a glorious figure of devotion and heartfelt love for David; I felt he would not have survived Murdstone and other things were it not for her steadfastness and friendship (I dearly loved her button-poppings! I found them hilarious!). And the grand Agnes, how I worshipped her! She was so real, I can see her cordial eyes looking upon David with the love of a sister, the passion of a wife. It was the most admirable work, I am sure. Dickens made Uriah Heep come alive so vividly, I see him writhing about, with contortions like a caught fish.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann on May 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is absolutely one of my favorite books of all time, probably tied with Jane Eyre for that title. The meticulous, loving detail with which Dickens renders David's world for the reader creates a source of complete and delightful escapism. It sounds kind of dumb and corny, and I'm cringing slightly as I write this, but reading this book makes you feel like David is sharing his soul with you!
The characters are so vivid, creative and wonderful - the Micawbers, Aunt Betsey, Uriah Heep, Steerforth, Peggoty, Rosa Dartle, Traddles, Dora and David himself, of course. Most of them fall into the categories of people I'd love to know in real life, and people it would be simply awful to know!
This book has everything I love about Dickens, and everything I love about books in general - delightful humor, sentiment that is legitimately moving, earnestness, tragedy, and a plot and set of characters that are truly captivating. David Copperfield is delightful, warm and beautiful - a book that I was able to completely immerse myself in and feel happy while reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Clement on December 30, 2010
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the is a classic book - really great. and this edition is terrific - the print is very easy on the eyes. great product!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1998
Format: Library Binding
This is a story about life of David Copperfield . C.Dickens`s "D.C." is his own biography,when he showed us the life of David,his opinions about the world , he(C.Dickens) showed us his childhood.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hassan in MD on March 31, 2010
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I recommend this book to anyone. If you don't like to read you will enjoy reading this book.
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By Nicholas Raborn on March 15, 2014
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Do not buy the used copies of this novel. I found one being sold on this site by "Quality Bargain Mall" and refuse to read it; why? The novel that I thought I was buying was a 736 classic novel by one of the greatest authors to have ever lived; what I received was a barely-240-page, illustrated "novel" dumbed down to accommodate younger (8 I assume) readers.

If I wanted to buy a book for an eight year old, I would. I bought a classic, and made a classic mistake by buying used. Do not do it.

Also, I have no issues with the story; this review was merely on the book itself, not the story it held. I'm sure Dickens wrote a fantastic story, but I refuse to read a book that butchers a classic beyond comparison novel.
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